Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn As far as I understood, it was originally going to be required to have the disc in the optical drive with it installed on the hard drive
, making it no different than PC gaming, except you couldn't (legally) use a virtual drive with an imaged disc or (illegally) get a no-CD crack to improve speed and convenience. But most games that only required an install key and no Internet connection, as in the earlier part of the last decade, could be installed on a theoretically infinite number of PCs, provided you kept the key, while Microsoft is making it one-time use. Remember that big uproar with SPORE? The most pirated game EVER within a month of release? You had a three install limit, though I think that's been removed. You also needed the disc in the drive to play it at first, but that was removed in a patch.
Your understanding was flat out wrong.
Before authentication was going to be digital/account based ala Steam/Origin.
Now it is just bog standard "put the game in the disc tray to play the game".
It is now
that we have to have the disc in the drive even when the full game is installed.
have had a system similar to how PC gaming works in 2013.Now
what we have is a system similar to how PC gaming worked in 1995.Edited by GrizzleBoy - 6/20/13 at 2:21pm